My Life

My Life

by Iris DeMent
     
 

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Like Infamous Angel, My Life opens on a light note, which is hardly adequate preparation for the emotional turbulence that follows. The album is dedicated to Iris Dement's father, who passed away prior to its release, and although there are some scattered moments of joy here, they are largely absorbed by a collection of songs dealing with primal anguish

Overview

Like Infamous Angel, My Life opens on a light note, which is hardly adequate preparation for the emotional turbulence that follows. The album is dedicated to Iris Dement's father, who passed away prior to its release, and although there are some scattered moments of joy here, they are largely absorbed by a collection of songs dealing with primal anguish and longing. DeMent's writing has hardened a bit, producing her most mature and encompassing song in "No Time to Cry," which serves as an anchor for the album's rich sentimentality and is also an indication, in its social obsessions, of the direction her next album would take. Elsewhere, DeMent's songcraft remains exceptional but, as before, the true magic is in her voice, which imbues even the simplest songs with perfect, pure emotion. Highlights include Maybelle Carter's "Troublesome Waters," "Easy's Gettin' Harder Every Day," and a terrific rendition of Lefty Frizzell's "Mom and Dad's Waltz." The gorgeous title track closes the album, a piano-cello duet that is one of her most moving performances. For those who appreciate DeMent's rough-hewn voice, it is nearly impossible to exaggerate the beauty of these recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/1994
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624549321
catalogNumber:
45493

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Iris DeMent   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mark Howard   Acoustic Guitar
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
Jack Clement   Acoustic Guitar
Charles Cochran   Piano,Keyboards
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Flute,Mandolin
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass,Upright Bass
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Pat McInerney   Drums
Phil Parlapiano   Accordion
Perkins   Dobro
Pete Wasner   Piano,Keyboards
Joy Lynn White   Vocal Harmony
Linda Williams   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Joy White   Vocal Harmony
Pat McIrney   Drums
Robin Williams   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Iris DeMent   Liner Notes
Jim Rooney   Producer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Composer
Richard Adler   Engineer
Richard Alder   Engineer
Linda C. Cobb   Art Direction
Dixie Deen   Composer

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